Down in Dunedin they have a great tradition of left field music, a trend that’s being continued by Fish Rider records, which released one of our favourite albums from anywhere in the world this, The Prophet Hens’ Popular People Do Popular People.
The 11th released by Fish Rider is by two males, called, err Males. Run Run Run/MalesMalesMales is nine-track minute compilation of their debut EP, a single from earlier this year, and a projected four-track EP that has instead been included here.
There’s a briskness to this fairly brief album, with the opener, Pre Roll, rattling along and doing its dash after 1:46. There’s a California feeling to much of this, with hooks aplenty, and guitars at full pelt. Richard Ley-Hamilton occasionally reaches Kate Bush-esque heights, which is onerous on Lucky Too, but otherwise he keeps to a steady vocal timbre. That’s clearest on the stand-alone single So High that contains a highly infectious chorus, but there’s a verse in which you feel Ley-Hamilton hasn’t even rehearsed.
By the time I’ve completed the final five tracks I am wondering what’s new here. It feels like a re-run of the previous few tracks, Marion Bales Thievery excepted. This sense of disappointment is hard to shake off, but the final four tracks are from their debut release and the highlights are the latest material which bodes well for the future.
It’s a long way from New Zealand’s most southerly city to central Scotland, but remember that Dunedin is New Edinburgh in Scots Gaelic. This a tenuous link to our next guest star, the Super Adventure Club, from Glasgow. The wonderfully-named Armellodie records releases their wonderfully-named third album, Straight from The Dick, with wonderful titles like Dog With Two Dicks and Turns Out My Brain Was My Other Brain.
With a humour similar to that mined by Half Man Half Biscuit, the trio explore tales of the weird and wired, the stories that end up in the Oddspot of your regional papers. Between a Sock and a Hard Place is centred on people with a curious love life, including the woman who renamed herself Mrs Berlin Wall after marrying the famous German structure.
As for the third track … well, ahem. “I made a date with two dicks,” sings Bruce Wallace, accompanied by some Dave Time Band* licks” before reeling off oblique namechecks to GG Allin and Cassius Clay.
If the music was more harmonic rather than the souped-up 70s rock often dished up, this would ideal for a singalong with the kids or a Exclusive Brethren congregation.
- That’s what it sounds like.